Cracks, Holes, Or Leaks in Your Home’s Foundation?
If you are seeing cracks, holes, leaks, wet spots, or mold and mildew growth in your basement, crawl space, or in your foundation, you should have it repaired, qucikly.
These problems are all warning signs of bigger problems to come. In fact, even the smallest cracks in your foundation are a signal that there may be major structural damage under the surface.
Why Do Foundation Repair?
Winter in the New Jersey, Philly and Norther Delaware areas can bring some very interesting weather. It can go from warm to cool to frigid to rainy to torrential rain storms, to dry, to humid, to cold in the matter of a week. While these changes are much to the chagrin of the residents of the area, the houses there get the worst of fickle weather. This is when foundation repair is crucial.
Your home’s foundation is under pressure during this time.
The soil around the home will swell, contract, freeze, and contract and expand again. This pushes a tremendous amount of pressure onto the outside of the basement walls, causing huge problems.
Plus, this is the time of year when the odd tropical storm blows in from down south and drops a ton of rain, thus making the problem even worse. Remember, just an inch of rain equals about 6,500 gallons of water on an average size property.
A few preventative measures can save you tens of thousands of dollars. The problem with fixing wet or water damaged basements is that it’s extremely expensive!
Try these wet basement solutions and fortify your home’s defenses!
1. Have an inspection performed by a qualified basement contractor.
Having a professional look for any chinks in the armor can go a long way into preventing bigger problems. They can see things, danger signs, that the average home owner can’t. That tiny crack you ignored? It could be a sign that the basement is at risk of collapse in the right circumstances (days of rain and high winds).
2. Insulate Your Basement and Seal the Windows.
Make sure that no water is getting in through the cellar windows or around them. This is a sure sign that water is going to be a problem. While you may get away with it during a light storm, if a big one hits and it rains for several days in a row, you could be looking at major damages!
3. Make sure down spouts are away from the home.
All that rain that comes down the gutters and down spouts needs to be channeled away from your home. If it is allowed to pool and get sucked into the ground, you’ll have major problems. An inch of water can equal several hundred gallons of water. That water combines with the dirt around your home and puts massive pressure on your foundation. This pressure leads to cracking and leaks. Once this happens, water gets into your basement walls, weakens the cement or cinder block and will cause foundation failure.
4. Install a sump pump and a non-electrical powered back up pump. The problem with many pumps is that if the electric goes out, they shut off. Many companies now offer pack up pumps that are powered by water… they turn on when they’re submerged.
All of this might seem like a lot of work and expense. But, when you consider the impact it will have on your home, the investment of time and money is well worth it.